Is your child often wriggly, very energetic, have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time, or slump on chairs?
Proprioception is the ability to recognise whether the body is moving with the required effort, and where the limbs and parts of the body are positioned. Many children are undersensitive to proprioception and whilst they are often very active and inquisitive, they may also:
- Fatigue easily
- Have difficulty with motor tasks
- Struggle to sit calmly
- Have difficulty recognising personal space.
These children need more deep pressure and movement throughout the day to help their bodies and brains to remain calm and settled.
Yoga is a wonderful way to help your child get the proprioceptive input that they need. Research shows that the slow, controlled movements of yoga can help children become aware of their body’s position in space, and it can be beneficial for both their physical and psychological wellbeing. Yoga also encourages controlled breathing and concentration, helping children to calm their bodies.
There are many excellent yoga videos for children online (e.g., YouTube), or you can make up your own yoga poses. Encourage your child to maintain the position for at least 10 seconds to support concentration and balance. Straight after school, before bed, or before transitions are great times for children to practice yoga and settle their bodies!